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Product Design Resistant Materials at Sleaford Joint Sixth form

Course description

Candidates will come to Product Design A Level, usually with the completion of GCSE in either Resistant Materials, Graphic Products or Electronic Products, although this is not always essential. They will also bring their skills they have already acquired at GCSE level plus; time keeping, planning, organisational skills, a motivation to succeed and an awareness of the global community.

Topics and Assessment

Assessment is by a combination of external examination and coursework,

AS Unit 1: – Portfolio of Creative Skills. 60% Unit 2: – Design and Technology in Practice. 40%

A2 Unit 3: - Designing for the Future. 40% Unit 4: - Portfolio of Creative Skills. 60% leSSOnS A variety of skills are needed in lessons, and we cover many of the following:

* Practically based skills tests in the use of machines, hand tools, manufacturing processes, and materials.

* Material testing and 3D modelling.

* Graphical communication techniques.

* The use of CAD/CAM.

* Product Analysis.

* Evaluations.

* Verbal Presentations.

* Use of videos related to Industrial Processes, Sustainability, Recycling, Anthropometrics, Ergonomics and The Design Process.

* Watching videos, for up-to-date information on current affairs, and issues under discussion (the environment, to include; new and smart materials, global design, recycling and sustainability).

Private Study

Students are expected to use their free-time and work outside of the classroom too; liaise with clients, field research, analysis and testing products. They are asked to do the following:

* Write up and expand on notes made in class;

* Prepare and lead short talks related to their project work;

* Read around the subjects/topics being studied e.g. using textbooks, existing exemplar folders;

* Discuss progress with the teacher on a regular basis;

* Use the library, for access to a wider range of material on CD-ROM or from books.


* Each candidate is equipped with a copy of Edexcel A Level Design and Technology: Product Design.

* They also have access to many and varied publications found in room 25.

* Exemplar materials found on the works drive in technology dept, AS/A2 exemplar folder.

* Other publications located in the library.

* CAD software, 2D Design and Solid Works found on all computers in the Technology Department.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for Level 3 programmes with a grade B Resistant Materials.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sleaford Joint Sixth form directly.

Last updated date: 30 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years